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The Festival Book, May-Day Pastime and the May-Pole Dances, Revels and Musical Games for the Playground, School and College (Classic Reprint)
by:Jennette Emeline Carpenter Lincoln
Through the playground movement, within recent years, there has been a revival of fresh-air entertainment. Many of the old-time revels and games have been renewed witli marked success. They have become an interesting feature of gymnasium work in colleges and schools, and well adapted for playground festivals. The simple country dances, which may proi)erly...
Through the playground movement, within recent years, there has been a revival of fresh-air entertainment. Many of the old-time revels and games have been renewed witli marked success. They have become an interesting feature of gymnasium work in colleges and schools, and well adapted for playground festivals. The simple country dances, which may proi)erly be called musical games, are gaining poi)ularity, and it is good to see the young and the old alike enter into this invigorating pastime with new life and vigor on theS pring May Day. The May-day Festival is becoming an established anniversary event in our country. In colleges and schools it supplies a long-felt need for playground pastime and gives opportunity for a great number of children and grown-ups to engage in the spirit and merriment of the day. Owing to the average conventional cold first day of May, which has long been known as May Day, the middle or latter i)art of May is a better time for the celebration of the revivification of grass, leaves, and blossoms. The evening at six oclock, near sunset, is the ideal time. One charm of theM ay-day entertainment is that it never grows old, for year after year, with the garlanded and beribboned May-pole as a centre, many and varied are the possibilities around it, so that the spectacular effect of life, rhythm, and beauty is beneficial, inspiring, and entertaining to both audience and participant. The May-pole may be so simple in its preparation, and at the same time so charming, that it appeals to everyone, howsoever untrained in dancing, games, and pageantry. I ts very rusticity adds to its ease, simplicity, and general effect. It is a most attractive and refined entertainment, full of essential child spirit and animation, and young and old in any number, in field or park, in the schoolroom, church, or parlor, may erect a pole of suitable size, with a (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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